SCV News | Get Free Tax Prep from IRS VITA Volunteers

Uploaded: , Tuesday March 15th, 2022

By press release

The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs reminds taxpayers that March 16 is Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Awareness Day.

The IRS VITA program, in operation for over 50 years, provides free basic tax preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals:

— People who generally earn $58,000 or less

– People with Disabilities

— Limited English-speaking taxpayers

VITA services are not only free, they are also a trusted and reliable source for tax preparation with an accuracy rate of over 90%. All VITA volunteers must complete and successfully complete tax law training that meets IRS standards. The IRS also requires quality control for every return prepared at a VITA site.

According to the IRS, millions of people are eligible for free tax preparation services each year. To meet the need, each tax season, tens of thousands of VITA volunteers make a difference in their communities by preparing millions of federal and state tax returns.

The average cost among large national tax preparers is close to $200 and there is evidence that some EITC filers pay $300 to $500. For low-income taxpayers who want help preparing and filing their tax returns, the free service offered by VTIA represents significant savings.

Greater tax credits and refunds mean more money for low-to-moderate income families to pay bills or save for a rainy day and VITA saves taxpayers an average of nearly $300 in fees tax preparation, money that stays in the pockets of individuals and their families.

Click here to find a VITA location near you.

Text TAXCREDITSLA to 211-211 for more detailed information.

Christy J. Olson